Evening Update for the High Park Fire - 6/29/12
Release Date: Jun 29, 2012
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Kathy Messick, Public Information Officer
The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres, meaning the fire has not grown since June 27th. Containment is now estimated at 93 percent. The estimated containment date is July 1st.
It should be noted that "containment" means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter. "Control" means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall. Islands of fire will continue to burn within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days and weeks as the fire moves from containment to control.
Increased containment of the fire was due to suppression efforts and not weather behavior on Friday. The fire was tested by winds today and held. Mop-up and line reinforcement will continue to secure the fire perimeter.
Stabling for Large Animals Displaced by High Park Fire:
The Ranch and several Larimer County 4-H families would like to match those in need of stabling for large animals displaced by the fire with facilities that have space available. Please call The Ranch at 970-619-4007
and leave your name, phone number and number/type of animal or email LJack@Larimer.org
The majority of evacuated residents have been allowed to return to their neighborhoods. Fire officials will spend the next few days assessing the remaining evacuation zones to determine when they can be reopened. The following areas are still closed to all traffic and under evacuation:
- Areas accessed from Pingree Park Road (CR63E)
- Areas accessed from Old Flowers Road (CR52E) west of the 8000 block
- Areas accessed from Buckhorn Road (CR44H)
- Areas accessed from Hwy 14 between Mishawaka and Eggers
Fire officials allowed residents to enter the 12th Filing of Glacier View at noon on Friday, June 29, 2012. These residents will need credentials, which can be picked up at the roadblock on Eiger Road.
Drivers should stay alert for frequent fire traffic, debris flows with ash from thunderstorms, rocks that have rolled onto roads, and other distracted drivers. Citizens should stay out of burnt timber. Fire-weakened trees can fall unexpectedly and silently.
The total number of homes destroyed to date has increased to 259. Two more homes have been confirmed as lost. One was in Laurence Creek; the other in the Old Flowers Road area. These homes burned when the fire was in those areas several days ago, but were only verified during an assessment of the area yesterday.
It should be noted that the data of homes destroyed was developed in the midst of firefighting efforts. A formal assessment of homes and outbuildings is underway, and the total may change.
Resident Information (Meetings, Evacuation Notices and Evacuation Lift Notices):
Because so many evacuees now have access to their homes, no further citizen briefings are planned. Remaining evacuees are welcome to call the Fire Information line at (970) 498-5500. They may also obtain information at www.larimer.org/emergency
The next media briefing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Briefings are held at the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science, located at 3915 W. Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins.
The June 30th briefing will be the final media briefing. Media may continue to call the Joint Information Center for information at 970-980-2501.
Road Closure Information:
Larimer County has opened the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center on the Colorado State University Campus at Johnson Hall. The center is open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for victims on the south side of the administration building. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.safety.colostate.edu
Find out if your loved ones are safe here (Red Cross Safe and Well Registry):
For the latest updated map of the High Park Fire, check out this link:
Residents are reminded to receive emergency notifications on cell phones or email and should visit the website at www.leta911.org